Gather round children born after 1995, we have a story to tell about a time long ago, when every movie theater in America was showing at least one baseball movie at any given time for a stretch of about 20 years.
Some of them were brilliant. Most of them were silly. A fraction of them were necessary.
(Oh, and if you're not sure what "baseball" is, that's the one with the bases you use to describe how far your hook-up went.)
It all started with "The Bad News Bears" in 1976, a cute little story about a horrible person who for some reason was in charge of a group of miserable children who, despite their lack of enthusiasm for the sport, played little league baseball. It was so popular that they made three more.
Next it was Robert Redford's "The Natural" -- which was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1984 -- followed by Richard Pryor's 1985 classic "Brewster's Millions." After that, it was 1988's star-studded retelling of the Chicago Black Sox scandal, "Eight Men Out," which competed with Kevin Costner's "Bull Durham," which Costner followed up with "Field Of Dreams" in 1989. Then Kevin Costner decided to let someone else make baseball movies, allowing Charlie Sheen to make both "Major League" (1989) and "Major League II" (1994), in between which audiences were treated to the massively popular "A League Of Their Own" (1992), "Rookie Of The Year" (1993), "The Sandlot" (1993), "Little Big League" (1994), "The Scout" (1994) and finally, "Angels in the Outfield" (also 1994).
Needless to say, Hollywood had a seemingly endless bullpen of baseball scripts and rich guys willing to produce them.
College Humor made a "30 For 30" parody about the California Angels team featured in the film -- which centered around a ghost who helped them win games.
The 90s were weird. You didn't miss much.
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